Nature’s Past Episode 61: Why Graduate Students Study Environmental History

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Episode 61: Why Graduate Students Study Environmental History

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Four amazing stories about four impressive graduate students in environmental history.

Ever wonder why someone might study environmental history and write a dissertation in this field? On this episode, we speak with four graduate students (three in Canada and one in the US) about their research in environmental history, what books inspired them, and how environmental history has shaped their thinking about nature, history, and society.


Jessica DeWitt

Mica Jorgenson

Robynne Mellor

Evelyn Ramiel

Works Cited:

Cronon, William. Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W.W. Norton, 1991.

McNeill, William Hardy. Plagues and Peoples. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press, 1976.

Pyne, Stephen J. Awful Splendour a Fire History of Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007.

Restall, Matthew. Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Worster, Donald. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Music Credits:

“Hello” by PaulWernerMusic

“Hamlet 2.0 – Outro” by Antonello D’Ippolito

“4_Ukulele Dreams 25 seg” by MFYM

“Heartbroken and Brokenhearted” by Raul Cabezali

“Optimistic” by Akashic Records

Photo Credit:

National Film Board of Canada. “Students painting some of the remarkable scenery in the Park. A view of the entire valley can be seen. Banff National Park, Alberta.” July 1957. Source: Library and Archives Canada, K-4404.


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 61: Why Graduate Students Study Environmental History” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 24 May 2018.

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Sean Kheraj

Associate Professor and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University
Sean Kheraj is a member of the executive committee of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at


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